Project Map
Sweeten Creek Road

Vicinity Map

Environmental Features Map and Study Area Map

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Buncombe
  • Type of Project: Road Widening
  • STIP Number: U-2801A
  • Estimated Cost: $49.52 million
  • Property Acquisition Start: 2020
  • Start Date: 2022
Sweeten Creek Road

Project Overview and Purpose

Planning and development are underway to widen a 5.4-mile stretch of Sweeten Creek Road (U.S. 25A) in Asheville from two lanes to a four–lane divided roadway from Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25) to Rock Hill Road.

Sweeten Creek Road is a heavily traveled two–lane commuter corridor that connects South Asheville to downtown and serves as an alternate to Hendersonville Road.

Proposed work would help reduce existing and future traffic congestion and improve traffic flow within the project limits as well as support current and future residential and business development.

Project Highlights

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Asheville, Buncombe County and the local NCDOT division staff to determine the appropriate roadway design for the proposed improvements.

In addition, discussions are underway about including sidewalks and bicycle lanes as part of the proposed improvements. The project team anticipates holding a project scoping meeting with the regulatory resource agencies in Spring 2017, after which, work on the preliminary designs will begin.

Once designs are ready, NCDOT will hold a public meeting to present them for review and comment.

Project History

Early Development

In 2016, biologists, architectural historians, archaeologists and community planners conducted field surveys of the project study area to assess the natural and human environments present within the area. Results of the surveys are detailed in a community characteristics report (2.98 MB).

Public Involvement

NCDOT plans to hold a public meeting in 2018 once design concepts are complete.

NCDOT will notify the public through various channels including advertising in local papers and direct mailings to property owners in the project study area.

Project Cost

Improvements to Sweeten Creek Road from Hendersonville Road (U.S. 25) to Rock Hill Road are listed in the 2016–2025 State Transportation Improvement Program as Project U-2801A.

Milestone Dates*
Project Development & Design $22.22 million
Property Acquisition $7.2 million
Construction Costs $20.1 million
Total Cost $49.52 million

* Estimated costs are subject to change.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Public meeting 2018
Environmental Assessment approved 2019
Finding of No Significant Impact approved 2020
Right of way acquisition begins 2020
Construction begins 2022

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Documents

Contact Information

Ahmad Al-Sharawneh Project Development Engineer (919) 707-6010 Send a message 1548 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1548
Cole Hood, P.E. Division Project Development Engineer (828) 251-6171 Send a message 55 Orange St. Asheville, NC 28801

Resources for Local Property Owners

Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.